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Those of you who have viewed this site for some time will know that back in 2011 and 2012 I attempted to do an A-Z Pub Challenge. You will also know that I didn't succeed on either attempt. 2017 will see me try and crack this one for the third time of asking!


So what's involved. OK, it's nice and simple, I guess. I aim to complete the alphabet using pub names, though its agreed that there are some letters that simply don't have pubs which used them, X being one. I aim to visit the various English and Welsh counties and have my scooter photographed outside them to show where I've been and to provide a record that they have been visited.


The only main rule in this challenge is that it's one letter and one county. For example if I visit the Black Horse in Foxton (Leicestershire) that's the letter B (the word The isn't counted) and the county of Leicestershire used up. So, no more pubs beginning with B and no more in Leicestershire.


I guess it sounds simple, but in reality its not. As I've seen in the past 2 attempts, I can travel hundreds of miles for a couple of letters. But then that's the fun of it, being out and about on the scooter.


I've found a current list of British counties and will start logging where I've been once I get the first run under my belt - watch this space!


Update No 1:


My first shot at the challenge in 2017 saw me completing 95 miles and visiting three counties (Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland).


The trip started with me heading down the A5199 to the Northamptonshire village of Thornby and The Red Lion pub to kick off 2017's attempt at the challenge. A trip back up the A5199 via Husbands Bosworth and then I was on my way through Market Harborough and out towards the small picturesque village of Illston on the Hill. The centre of this village features the small village pub that is The Fox and Goose. A few moments admiring the landlords Austin Healey 3000 car and it was back on the Lambretta for a ride into Rutland, initially via the A47 and then out onto a mix of A, B and unclassified roads, via Launde, Tilton on the Hill and eventually Bruanston in Rutland for the Blue Ball pub.


The return leg saw me head to Oakham to fill up and then back home via the A47 until Houghton on the Hill when I chose to cut across country on some decent back roads.


So, all in all not a bad start. Trouble, now that three letters have gone, I need to start planning more!